Parent Backlash Over Victoria Injecting Room
Parents from a Melbourne primary school are dismayed the state's new supervised injecting room will allow the use of ice "within spitting distance" of children.
The North Richmond facility will be located a one-minute walk from Richmond West Primary School and allow the use of any injectable drug of dependence, including ice.
The state government previously said ice would not be allowed at the facility, and the backflip has divided parents, with some calling for the injecting room to be relocated.
"The facility has always been an issue, but this has escalated the matter," parent Neil Mallet told AAP on Friday.
"I can't see any sane person look at this and say it's the best choice for the children to have this population next door.
"I understand it's needed and I support the idea, but not within spitting distance of five-to-12-year-olds."
Mr Mallet said he would be devastated to pull his children out of the school, but was considering it as a last resort.
School principal Jennifer Deeble maintained strong support for the centre.
"We remain confident that the new facility will have a positive impact on our school and the surrounding area by reducing the visibility of drug use and associated anti-social behaviours," she said in a statement.
"We have a great relationship with the operators of the local health service who are keeping us up-to-date with the work being done to establish the facility."
Mental Health Minister Martin Foley said the facility was in the "best location" to save lives.
"Let's remember that 48 people died in and around the North Richmond Community Health Centre in recent times," he told reporters.
The facility is due to open for a two-year trial in June 2018.